Subsurface sea on Saturn's moon: Can we collect samples? (+video)

April 5, 2014 12:21 PM

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Subsurface sea on Saturn's moon: Can we collect samples? (+video)

Plans for a mission to Saturn's moon Enceladus are actually in the works, with the aim of snag samples of frozen plumes thought to be spewing from a sea beneath the moon's icy crust. Here's why this mission is so tantalizing to scientists – and a little scary (think, microbes). 

New evidence for a liquid sea beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus has elevated its already considerable status as a potential habitat for organic life to a level that, for some researchers, makes a sample-return mission to the moon irresistible.

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